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12/2017 Updates

Singapore Ranked 30th in the World in Giving

Singapore Ranked 30th in the World in Giving

22 December 2017

Singapore is 30th in the world in giving. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the United Kingdom publishes the World Giving Index Report annually since 2010 to provide a global view of giving trends. Senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam shares more on how Singapore fares in this article.

SPD Thanks its Volunteers

SPD Thanks its Volunteers

22 December 2017

In conjunction with the International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2017, SPD held its annual Volunteers Appreciation Day on Saturday, 2 December. About 230 volunteers and guests were treated to a sumptuous breakfast before the screening of blockbuster movie “Justice League” at Filmgarde Bugis+.
SPD Held Its First-Ever Young Adults’ AAC Event

SPD Held Its First-Ever Young Adults’ AAC Event

22 December 2017

SPD’s Specialised Assistive Technology Centre held its first-ever Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) event for young adults on 27 October 2017. With the help of volunteers, four young adults with complex communication needs, aged up to nine years old, and their caregivers, came together for a fun and interactive experience using AAC. 

From Property Agent to Social Work Assistant

From Property Agent to Social Work Assistant

22 December 2017

Michelle Tham is a social work assistant at SPD@Bedok who previously worked as a property agent and went on to pursue a degree in social work. Senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam finds out more from Michelle on her decision to make a career change.

Our Volunteering Experience at SPD

Our Volunteering Experience at SPD

08 December 2017

Volunteers play an important role in enriching the lives of others. Esha Sharan, a 15-year-old student from Overseas Family School, shares with us her experience volunteering at SPD’s Building Bridges EIPIC Centre along with fellow volunteers, Sneha Vasudev and Chew Wanping.

SPD Kicks Off Its First Stroke Support Group

SPD Kicks Off Its First Stroke Support Group

08 December 2017

In a news article shared by SingHealth, stroke is Singapore’s fourth leading cause of death, comprising 10 per cent to 12 per cent of all deaths. Its prevalence is estimated at 3.65 per cent for adults above 50 years old. It is also the largest cause of long-term physical disabilities in Singapore. With a rapidly ageing population, the burden of stroke is expected to increase exponentially in the near future. SPD’s Specialised Case Management Programme (SCMP) organised its first stroke support group for 11 stroke survivors recently. The session, conducted weekly from 29 September to 27 October 2017, was co-facilitated by senior social worker, Angela Chung, and case management officer, Juriah Ismail, who introduced expressive arts therapy to the group. 

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Muhammad Ariff bin Mohd Ilyas

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Muhammad Ariff bin Mohd Ilyas

08 December 2017

SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2017 recipient Muhammad Ariff bin Mohd Ilyas, now 20, lost his hearing in his right ear when he was in kindergarten. This article chronicles Ariff’s story and his passion for track and field, along with the motivation that propels him towards success, both in sports and in life.